Italy v Republic of Ireland Preview

June 21, 2016 | By

Bet365 - £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountEuro 2016 Group E action on Wednesday comes from the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille Métropole and features Italy versus Republic of Ireland.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on ITV1 High Definition with a scheduled 20:00pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Italy v Republic of Ireland Preview, Euro 2016 Finals, Group E, Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Italy have been flawless in their opening two matches of the group beating Belgium 2-0 and Sweden 1-0 and currently top the group with a maximum 6pts, those points are enough to have already qualified them for the last 16, but they can secure their progress through to the next round as group winners with a point in this game on Wednesday night against the Republic of Ireland.

The Republic of Ireland are staring elimination in the face having only managed to pick up a solitary point from their opening two matches. They managed a 1-1 draw against Sweden in their opener, but were outclassed by Belgium in their second match losing 3-0 and that defeat not only has them now bottom of the group, but also a very unhealthy goal average which means they not only need to win this game on Wednesday night against Italy, but they would need to win by at least a couple of goals to absoloutely guarantee their place in the last 16.

Italy Team News:

Italy have no injuries or suspensions to their squad, but their manager might take this opportunity to rest a few of his players as they are already through to the next phase of the tournament.

Republic of Ireland Team News:

The Republic of Ireland also have no injuries or suspensions to their squad and in a must win game, I would expect their manager to play his strongest eleven players for this one.

Italy v Republic of Ireland Head to Head Statistics:

Wednesday night’s group e match from the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille Métropole will become the 14th meeting between the two nations over recent years and as we can see from our head to head statistics table below, there has been very little in it with both nations having secure one victory each, with the remaining three matches having finished all square.

31/05/14 FRI Italy – Republic of Ireland 0 : 0
18/06/12 EUC Italy – Republic of Ireland 2 : 0
07/06/11 FRI Italy – Republic of Ireland 0 : 2
10/10/09 WQE Republic of Ireland – Italy 2 : 2
01/04/09 WQE Italy – Republic of Ireland 1 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

29 Goals have been scored during those previous 13 matches played between the two nations and this generates us an average goals per game statistic of 2.23 which suggests we could see between two or three goals scored in this match on Wednesday night.

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Italy v Republic of Ireland Recent Form (Left to Right)

Italy: L W W W W

Republic of Ireland: D D L D L

Italy have a commanding advantage on the recent form statistics heading into this match as they have managed four wins and one defeat during their last five matches played, compared to Republic of Ireland who have won none, drawn three and lost two of their previous five matches played.

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Italy v Republic of Ireland Match Betting Odds Market

Italy are the clear favourites to win this game with a current best price available of 29/20 with BetVictor – Receive £25 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an Account and with them having won both of their opening two games of the group, this does look the value play for this game.

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Republic of Ireland came unstuck in their last match against Belgium and that defeat will surely have sucked out any real confidence the players had of reaching the last 16 of this tournament and for me, I just can’t reallys see them being good enough to win this game and their current odds on offer of 23/10 with Stan James – Receive £20 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an Account, do look very much on the short side.

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Italy v Republic of Ireland Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Italy have gone about their business in a very professional manner in their opening two matches and are certainly a side that could go all the way in this tournament.

Their 2-0 victory against the much fancied Belgium did shock quite a few people and with them having picked up another victory in their 1-0 win against Sweden last time out, they will see this final game as a real chance to progress through to the last 16 with a perfect record.

The Republic of Ireland did get their first match of the group off to a reasonable start with a 1-1 draw against Sweden, but were completely outplayed against Belgium in their second match and I really don’t see this Republic of Ireland squad being anywhere near good enough to cope with this very organised Italian side and unfortunately they look destined to be eliminated come Wednesday night.

Onto some predictions then and my Banker Free Tip is going to be for Italy to Win as for me they have been one of the best sides ive seen so far in this tournament, they are extremely well organised have no problem creating chances and defend very well and are very much on course to progress through to the next round of the tournament with a perfect record.

My First Goalscorer Free Tip will be for Graziano Pelle to score the First Goals of this game as his movement up front always causes the opposition defence problems and having not managed to score in the 1-0 victory against Sweden, he will be right up for getting his name on the score-sheet in this one.

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